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    August 9, 2012
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Wolfman Explorer Lite Tank Bag Wolfman has been paying attention, riders want a tank bag that has the same curved bottom as the Rainier but not as big. Wolfman is proud to offer the Explorer Lite. This tank bag is 2 shorter than the Explorer. The Explorer Lite fits all the same bikes as the Rainier and more. Especially the KTM 950 Adventure (It nestles between the two gas caps so you do not have to remove the bag to get gas). Features All foam and Ballistic nylon construction Expandable gussett Zippered front pocket Interior zippered mesh pocket and key clip 4 point mounting system Non-slip, non-scratch bottom Reflective side accents and carry handle Dimensions Length 11 Width 8 3/4 Height Front 8 1/4, Expanded 11 1/2 Capacity Closed 13 Liters, 793 cu.in. Expands to 16 Liters, 976 cu.in. Map Pocket Size 8 3/4 wide 10 5/8 long visible 7 5/8 wide 9 long
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Wolfman quality. Lacks features
PostedAugust 21, 2014
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Finish 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Before I get on the actual review, if you have read any of my other reviews, you will know that I am very particular about products. I write from the perspective of what I expect and need from a product.
The Good
This is not my first Wolfman product, so I am used to the quality of the product in terms of durability and production standards.
It is very easy to fit onto the 2007 BMW Dakar, and positions well on the faux tank. I had to slide it all the way back towards to seat so that it does not interfere with the handlebars. It sits right at the front edge of the seat, out of the way of my body.
It is not too big or too small for my liking.
I like the external pocket on the side facing the rider.
Internal zip up compartment is nice.
4 point mounting system keeps the bag in place well. It is pretty much set in place. Even if I load it with heavier items, I seriously doubt it will move at all, even on rough surfaces.
The not so good.
My previous tank bag was a Cortech Super 2.0 12 liter. In terms of overall features the Cortech bag beats the Wolfman hands down IMO. Here's why...
- the Wolfman is less rigid and will droop when empty. The Cortech is more rigid.
- the Wolfman has no pen holders or smaller pockets on the inside for small loose items.
- The internal soft lining of the Cortech is much better than the Wolfman. Better in terms of soft padding and material, and better in that it is red. Sounds stupid, but it makes it easier to find small loose items in less than bright sunlight situations.
So why did I buy the Wolfman then?
A few reasons:
1. The 4 point mounting system. The Cortech just moved around too much with the 3-point system it has. I do quite a bit of off-road riding, so needed something that would stay put a little better.
2. The Cortech map pocket on the top is too small to fit anything other than a sticky note. (Wolfman is not that much better I discovered to my dismay).
3. Wolfman is expandable.
The Wolfman map pocket is too short (front to back) to fit a standard map when folded as maps are folded. Really? This is an obvious oversight. It should have just been made a little longer, even if it overlaps the actual bag length.
My overall opinion of the Wolfman is that it is over-priced for what it offers. Sure it will last, but would it be too much to ask to add some pen holders, a divider on the inside, and some smaller pockets?
Also - no rain cover included. The Cortech has a built in rain cover that tucks away nicely when not in use.
For this price I would have expected that. (Yes I did know beforehand that it lacked these features).
From the specs, it seems the Giant Loop has many more features than the Wolfman, but it is waaaaay overpriced IMO.
If you are not going to do a lot of offroad riding, and you don't need a map pocket. I would recommend the Cortech over this Wolfman. Quality of the Cortech is just as good, but the features far outshine the Wolfman.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim Overland Pants Following closely in the footsteps of the ultra-comfortable and all-conditions Traverse off-road pants, the all-new Overland Pant from Klim includes substantial D3O T5 EVO XT range knee and hip armor pieces, more genuine 3M Scotchlite reflective material and increased cargo capacity to make it more long-distance friendly. Klim off-road designed favorites like the adjustable zippered ventilation system and super tough 840D Cordura overlays remain to make the Overland an incredibly versatile option for your next tour. Exterior Features Gore-Tex 3-Layer laminate technology Guaranteed to keep you dry 840D Cordura overlays in high-wear areas side thighs, front of knees, lower legs and cuffs New thicker leather inside knees and lower legs with durable water repellency treatment overlaid on inner leg panels for wear and heat resistance 3M Scotchlite industrial grad reflective material placement for increased dark visibility Integrated Armor System D30 T5 EVO XT range knee and hip armor pieces (meets or exceeds Level 1 limb protector CE Certification PREN1621-12011 Additional Features Max flow ventilation system features 4 vents 2 zippered thigh intake vents 2 zippered rear leg exhaust vents 2 external pockets (zippered storage pockets on both thighs) Adjustable over-the-boot cuff construction via Velcro brand fasteners keeps pants securely in place and weather out of boots Side waist adjusters on waistband via Velcro brand fasteners Lining system is highly breathable and moisture wicking mesh lining at upper and durable breathable nylon taffeta around the lower leg Highly abrasion and tear resistant 840D Cordura at inner knees and around lower cuffs Articulated leg for added trail riding comfort Glove-friendly zipper pulls Note External cargo pockets are water resistant, not waterproof. Klim recommends use of waterproof, internal pockets for items that must remain dry.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Good but not great
PostedAugust 16, 2014
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
This is my first Klim product.
I am 6'4", 208lbs, 35" waist and 35" inseam. I bought the 36 long and they fit me perfectly. The waist has some slack that is easily taken up by the velcro waist strap.
First the good.
The quality seems excellent. The leather on the inside of the lower legs is great for heat protection. The openings for airflow are well placed and big enough to make a real difference.
Style is excellent. Gotta look good when you're doing your stuff!
The bad. (Or at least what I don't like)
For this price, to have no warm or waterproof liner is out of whack.
The velcro around the lower leg that allows you to adjust the size of the opening at the bottom is not sufficient. It is a little too sparse to my thinking.
When you adjust the leg opening to be narrower, the knee impact pads are pulled towards the inside of the knee. Mine sit between my knee and the 'tank' of my BMW F650 Dakar....exactly where they are NOT supposed to be. The front of my knees are almost completely exposed.
This is on my body with my riding position. YMMV.
I think the pants are good, but way overpriced. For that reason I can neither give them a thumbs up or down.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
+2points
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Wolfman Wolf Tail Bag Features Three outside signature Crescent pockets for easy access #10 YKK zippered main opening Expandable gusset Bungee net integrated into top of bag D-ring for shoulder strap Adjustable bungee and hook mounting system Non-scratch, non-skid bottom Reflective handle and trim Interior zippered mesh pocket 30-liter capacity Dimensions Width 9 1/2 Length 12 Height 9 (12 1/2 expanded) Closed - 19.5 Liters, 1189 cu.in. (Each pocket is 1.5 liters, 91cu.in.) Capacity Expands to 24.5 Liters, 1495cu.in.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good overall, some doubts
PostedJune 5, 2013
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
The Wolf Tail pack is a lot bigger than it looks. It takes a ton of stuff even when not expanded. Here's what I manage to pack in there without expanding the top:
- Jetboil
- 2x Jetboil gas refill canisters
- Pinnacle Dualist cook system
- Small binoculars
- Toilet bag
- Black Diamond Orbit lantern
- 2x tire levers
- BMW motorcycle tool set rollbag
- Nalgene wide mouth loop-top water bottle
- Drying and washing cloths
In the mesh pocket of the top - 2x high absorbency camping towels
In the external pockets:
Pocket 1: chain lube, tire puncture repair kit
Pocket 2: first aid kit
Pocket 3: energy bars and other snacks
The product is well thought out and designed. Three external pockets are large enough to carry a lot of stuff, making all contents easily accessible without having to unpack anything in the main compartment. The 'lid' of the main compartment has a zippered mesh pocket to stow flatter items. I keep my high absorbent camping towels in there. The bottom has a rubberized base which limits slip, not that this is a big deal when the bag is stowed onto the bike.
I have a concern about the bungees of the Wolf Tail pack. They seem like they may not last very long, especially if used in off road conditions. Because the pack is so huge, it can take a lot of stuff, which can make it quite heavy, based on the contents. On some recent mild off road rides on rough gravel roads, the bag moved around quite a bit on the back of my BMW 650 Dakar, even though I have the bungees as tight as possible. I had to keep checking if it was still there. If the ride gets real rough, or the poor surface ride is very long, I am suspicious of the longevity of the bungees.
I use a ratchet strap over the top if I know the conditions are going to be rough.
Also, the bag is so big, I am struggling to find a base big enough to hold it on the tail. The standard Dakar tail rack is too small.
Overall though I am very happy with the pack and would recommend it for most conditions other than very long or very rough off road rides.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Cortech Super 2.0 12-Liter Strap Mounted Tank Bag 1680 denier ballistic polyester and 1800 denier three-lined twill Jacquard construction Protective non-slip, non-scratch diamond pattern mounting base One-way zipper on main compartment with a Zipper Garage for concealment Top flap internal organizer and soft lining Hideaway backpack straps Removable and replaceable snapped map pocket Two internal mesh storage pockets Hidden external pocket for miscellaneous storage Phoslite reflective piping Built-in sip tube and headphone exit ports Integrated stowaway rain cover with clear window included Two-tone red and black soft lining interior Also available in a magnetic mounted version Dimensions 14L x 8W x 7H
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice, could be better
PostedOctober 6, 2012
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Install 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Finish 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
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The bag is still very new to me. These are my first impressions.
I bought the strap down 12L version of this bag for my BMW F650 Dakar.
THE GOOD:
The quality of the materials and the construction are top class. Very plush, well finished, and reasonably well designed. The bag just looks great. Not too big and does not interfere with my view of the instruments or my riding stance, whether sitting or standing. Nice plush red lining on the inside. Several pockets on the inside, plus two pen holders. I love that the bag easily converts into a backpack to take with you when you park. It is fairly rigid so it will not collapse when it is empty.
The rainproof cover is a great idea although I have not tested it's ability to withstand water.
The fitting and setup is pretty easy, although the straps that go around the steering yoke interfere with the wires for the hazard and ABS switches on the Dakar. Also, the base is too long for the standard Dakar tank. The front left flap is prone to drop down into the way of the oil cooler radiator. I might need to cut the two flaps on the front of the base back a little.
The way the base plate fits the Dakar though means that the tie down straps do not touch the 'tank' anywhere. This is good because it means no rough surfaces rubbing the paintwork. All that touches the 'tank' is the very soft non-abrasive underside of the base plate, which seems like a very good high quality material.
I easily fit the following into the bag with a little room left for smallish items:
- Canon Digital Rebel with standard lens
- wallet
- cell phone (Droid X)
- summer gloves
- Oakley sunglasses
- reading glasses
THE NOT SO GOOD:
Because the Dakar 'tank' has like a ridge that runs lengthwise, that is narrower than the bag, the bag has some lateral instability on this particular bike. That is not a design fault, just a bike/bag matchup issue.
The see-through map pocket on the top is so small, no map will fit in there. The mouth is narrower (~3") than the rest of the pocket which seems odd. That is bad design IMO.
The pocket for audio devices on the top of the bag (by the carry handle) is too small, and very hard to get anything into and out of.
The two internal pockets with the velcro close flaps are too small. Neither my wallet nor my Droid X will fit in there. Maybe an iPhone will, but I don't have one.
The way the tie down straps 'attach' to the base plate is by simply pushing the tie down strap clips through elastic stretch chord. The 'base plate' is not actually secured to the straps at all other than by the elastic stretch loops holding down on the clips! This is not a good idea. The clips are then tied to the bag itself. You cannot pull the base plate too tight on the ends of the straps that tie to the bike itself, because the stretch loops will simply tear off in a very short space of time. They are not built or sewed on for strength at all. To me they should have been. I believe this is a design weakness. The base should clip to the straps AND then to the bag.
It sounds like a lot of complaints, but they are really not deal breaker type issues. I am just very picky.
I do believe I will be happy with this bag after making some minor adjustments and learning to live with the little imperfections.
Longevity TBD.
Hope this helped.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
+5points
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Tour Master Intake Air Series 3 Jacket Features Armor-Link mesh material and 600 Denier Carbolex combine with 1680 Denier ballistic polyester in the impact areas Comfortable, mandarin-style collar 360 Phoslite reflective piping and Tour Masters signature reflective rear triangle help increase nighttime visibility The microfiber lined collar and cuffs are soft yet durable Adjustable, elastic and snap sleeve takeup straps at the forearm and bicep help secure elbow armor and material Removable, CE-approved armor at the elbow and shoulder with an articulated triple-density back protector Aqua-Therm two-stage waterproof and insulated liner can be configured or removed to best match comfort needs Zippered chest map pocket, hand warmer pockets, internal pouch pocket and mobile media pocket Adjustable waist belts, with TPR pulls help fine tune the fit Includes a jacket/pant zipper attachment with the pant side zipper included
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good value
PostedOctober 1, 2012
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
1 Size Large
Large
I am 6'4" 210lbs, slim all round (no gut) and have long arms. I bought the XL Tall, and almost drowned in it. I returned and got the Large Hi-viz. It fits perfectly. The quality of the jacket is very good. I was disappointed when I checked mine out and discovered that the velcro patch to tie down over the top of the zipper just below the neck was missing. Simply not there. That is just poor quality control at the manufacturer. Not Revzilla's fault.
Airflow is excellent through this jacket when the waterproof and warm liners are removed. Putting those in and taking them out is simple and quick. With both liners in the jackets fits me snugly, but I can still wear a fleece underneath. In cooler weather (40's) you might need this fleece if you get cold easily.
I would have liked a sleeve pocket, but I can live without that.
The right side internal pockets on the jacket and both liners uses velcro to secure close. That velcro is difficult to undo with one hand since the jacket or the liner simply moves with your hand when you try to pull it off. This is being picky I know, but I would have preferred a zipper.
The lower cut at the back prevents an opening above the pants.
Overall I am very happy with the jacket. It is very bright, comfortable, and stylish.
I would definitely recommend.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
+1point
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Cruz Tools Road Tech BMW Tool Kit BMW motorcycles are legendary for innovation, and their choice of fasteners are no exception. Female Torx fasteners are commonplace, and some models even use rare male Torx screws. Add special wrench and hex key needs, and it becomes clear that a unique tool kit is called for. They have exceeded these needs with the new RoadTech B1 for BMWs, which packs top grade tools and other roadside items into a sturdy roll-up pouch. Includes Combination wrenches (8mm, 10mm, 12mm, 13mm) E10 x E12 Torx box 8 adjustable wrench Mini ratchet 2 extension Sockets (8mm, 10mm, 13mm, E8 Torx) Hex keys (3mm-6mm, 8mm) Torx keys (T20, T25, T30, T40, T45, T50) 6-in-1 screwdriver with bits 22mm hex adapter Locking pliers Electrical tape Cable ties Mechanics wire Threadlocker Tire pressure gauge 3.5 x 9.5 roll-up polyester pouch
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good product
PostedSeptember 7, 2012
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
This is a nice toolset. The flashlight comes with a battery and a little piece of paper inside to prevent the battery running flat. Took out the battery, removed the paper, and the flashlight worked fine.
Individual tools seem like quality products. Seems like everything I will need to perform simple maintenance / fixit type work on the bike. Pouch is nice. Rolls up small, but unfortunately not small enough to fit under the seat of the 650 Dakar. So I can't carry it with me unless I have luggage bags / panniers, which is a shame.
I am happy with my purchase though.
Quality service, and delivery and product are all as promised by Revzilla.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Shoei Hornet DS Helmet Designed for the adventure touring and dual sport market, the Shoei Hornet DS Helmet can be used in three configurations with visor and shield, with just shield, or with just visor A wide, 3-dimensionally curved shield completely seals against the eyeport beading Lightweight, Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+) shell Visor includes a front air intake to channel air into top of helmet Shutter behind nose cover directs air flow to clear shield fogging Fully removable 3-D interior, with 5-layer cheekpads that are channeled for eyeglasses Breath guard and chin curtain included DOT and Snell 2010 Approved Helmet Weight 3 lbs. 6-3/8 oz. (1549g) This weight is +/- 50g, different shell sizes may be heavier / lighter. ( View Motorcycle Helmet Weights ) Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Not sure yet
PostedAugust 9, 2012
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DakarRiderIL
From Geneva, IL
State:IL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:45-54
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fit
Small
Small
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Heavy
Heavy
Shape
Narrow
Long Oval
Round
Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I got my helmet a few days back.
Lets get the pros out of the way first. The helmet is beautiful. Build quality and finish as well as quality of materials is excellent. The visor is good for on road...easy to open and close, complete lack of distortion and seals pretty well against wind at speed. The helmet is quite with the visor closed.
Like other's have said the peak serves no purpose other than to look good. It starts to catch wind at 50-60mph. When looking sideways it catches the wind a lot worse.
The helmet is HUGE on the outside. I placed it next to a much older helmet I have, and the thing is exponentially bigger. It also feels very heavy.
I measured by head at home and had it measured in a local store. 60cm both times. I ordered the large which is supposed to be correct for a 60cm head, and this thing is very tight on my head. My cheeks are squashed real hard, and the overall fit is just very tight. Getting it on and off is a struggle. Maybe the XL will fit, but the weight and outsize size of the helmet are putting me off. It just feels heavier than any other helmet I have had in the past.
Rides: 2007 BMW F650GS Dakar ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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